When Elijah Melvin Matthews was born on 13 July 1868, in Lookingglass, Douglas, Oregon, United States, his father, Albert Atwater Matthews, was 45 and his mother, Barbary Alice Van Buskirk Whisler, was 26. He married Estelle Caroline Inman on 28 November 1895, in Douglas, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Leland, Josephine, Oregon, United States in 1900. He died on 13 March 1942, in Lookingglass, Douglas, Oregon, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Lookingglass Community Cemetery, Roseburg, Douglas, Oregon, United States.
English and Irish (Ulster and County Louth): patronymic from the personal name Matthew . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages, such as German Matthäus (from the personal name Matthäus, from Latin Matthaeus) and Slovenian Matavž (from an obsolete vernacular form of the personal name Matevž, from Latin Matthaeus). Compare Mathews .
Irish: Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna (see McMahon ).